Short Walks gear
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It's easy and fun to get ready for a Short Walk. You don't need any special gear. Just make sure you dress and pack for the weather and the time you'll be out. This list is only for walks under 3 hours.

These are recommendations only for walks under 3 hours – what you need to bring will depend on how long you're walking for, the weather conditions, and the terrain.



  • Day pack
  • Drink bottle – at least 1 litre
  • Snacks – pack more than you think you’ll need
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Personal medication, eg antihistamines, asthma medication
  • Rubbish bag
  • Basic first aid kit including hand sanitiser, sunscreen and insect repellent


  • Comfortable, supportive shoes
  • Sun hat or warm beanie – pack one and wear the other
  • Sunglasses – wear or pack
  • Mid layer: long sleeved top in wool or polar fleece – wear or pack depending on the weather
  • Exterior layer: wind and water-proof jacket with hood – wear or pack depending on the weather
  • Gloves in polypropylene/wool – wear or pack
  • Socks – polypropylene/wool are best for longer walks

Base layer: 

  • top or leggings in polypropylene/wool – wear or pack depending on weather
  • shirt and shorts/pants – quick dry clothing is a great choice.

Tell someone your plans

  • Leave your intentions – before you go, tell a trusted friend or family member what you’re doing and where you’re going

Other things to consider

  • Camera
  • Swimming gear and towel depending on the location of your walk
  • Map of the area you'll be walking
  • Survival blanket to keep you warm in an emergency
  • Head torch/torch and spare batteries in case you take longer than intended
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